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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jan 6, 2009 4:09pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are Any Of These Copyright-Free?

No luck on any of these:

The Black Room (1935) Renewed R306585 (1962) Universal
The Raven (1935) Renewed R306322 (1962) Universal
Werewolf Of London (1935) Renewed R306314 (1962) Universal
Dracula's Daughter (1936) Renewed R336975 (1964) Universal
Stranger On The Third Floor (1940) Renewed R422278 (1967) Warner Bros.
One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) GATT/URAA Restoration PA0000905784 (1998) Republic Pictures
We Dive At Dawn (1943) GATT/URAA Restoration (1997) Carlton Film Distributors
Between Two Worlds (1944) Renewal of LP12650 (1972) Warners
The Dark Mirror (1946) Renewed R582958 (1974) Republic/NTA
Act Of Violence (1948) Renewed MGM Copyright now owned by Turner
Decision Before Dawn (1951) Renewed RE0000041379 (1979) 20th C Fox
The Ship That Died Of Shame (1955) Renewed RE0000160708 (1983) EMI Films Ltd

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2009-01-07 00:09:34

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jan 6, 2009 4:06pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are Any Of These Copyright-Free?

Thanks anyway.

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Poster: quigs Date: Jan 6, 2009 10:22pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are Any Of These Copyright-Free?

Oka, here are 3 more; Mission to Mars, Rocketship XM, annd It Conquered the World.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jan 6, 2009 11:54pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are Any Of These Copyright-Free?

"Rocketship X-M" seems to be PD. But could be complicated. It was not renewed in the 28th Year (1978). However, the USCO has a record of an arrangement between the producer's heir and Wade Williams from 1991. This was obviously made 13 years after renewal was necessary but as all the retail sites list all non-WW releases as "discontinued by the distributer", it could be that they send out C&D even though the film's PD. I know that they have been duped by the estates of some indie producers (Williams purchased the 'rights' to 12 of Harry Popkin's films and only about 3 of them were under valid copyright). Doesnt stop the C&D's though.

"It Conquered the World" was renewed RE0000208892 1984 Selma Enterprises.

Can't find references to "Mission to Mars" other than a 2000 movie which is obviously in copyright. There is a 1968 movie called "Mission Mars" with Darren McGavin, which is under copyright and "Flight to Mars" a 1951 Monogram Picture which was renewed RE0000037841 1979 by NTA and RE0000026731 by Wade Williams.

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Poster: quigs Date: Jan 7, 2009 1:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are Any Of These Copyright-Free?

Thank for your inexhaustable efforts of keeping on top of this stuff. I hope Rocketship XM will appear on IA someday.